Narrator: This is Science Today. A study looking into how sleep habits impact gratitude found that a lack of sleep can leave romantic partners feeling unappreciated. Study leader Amie Gordon, a graduate student of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, says while their findings were preliminary, there are some steps people can take now to boost feelings of gratitude towards their romantic partner.
Gordon: Sometimes there's these kind of mind games we can play with ourselves so it doesn't even require the partner. So, imagining your life if you'd never met them — what they call kind of mentally subtracting them can help you recognize the good things that they are adding. So, kind of unhabituating for a few moments and say, what would my life be like without them?
Narrator: Gordon found that with couples, sleep deprivation can leave one or the other partner feeling taken for granted.
Gordon: On nights when people report sleeping worse, the next day they report feeling less grateful relative to the previous day. So, actually looking at this kind of decrease in gratitude across that poor night of sleep.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.